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To view all 7 days of Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) content, please click here.

April 1 – 7  Global Asbestos Awareness Week schedule. Please note that you will see a 404 error if you try to view any of the week’s content that has not been published.

7 FACTS FOR 7 DAYS: FACT TO SHARE TODAY: Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

This day of Global Asbestos Awareness Week is dedicated to Michael, a 28-year-old mesothelioma patient in the U.S. Click here to read his story, “Asbestos Has Changed My Life.”

Posted on April 1, 2013

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is thrilled to launch Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW), April 1-7, 2013! This important week raises awareness about the dangers of asbestos and the steps that we all should take to prevent asbestos-related disease. GAAW is truly a collaborative effort involving organizations and leading experts from all around the globe.

Despite being confirmed as a human carcinogen, asbestos is still mined, imported, and used in both developing and developed countries around the world.  The devastating health issues and diseases caused from exposure to asbestos represent a significant cost to society and an unbelievably painful experience for the individuals and families affected.  The only way to end the deadly legacy of asbestos is through education and awareness to prevent exposure, policy to ban asbestos, and a cure for asbestos-related diseases.

Join us today and by taking three simple steps:

  1. Join our candle light vigil today and on Sunday, April 7, participate in our virtual candle light vigils to honor the warriors fighting asbestos disease and remember those we have lost. Click here to light an online candle, which burns brightly for 48 hours.
  2. Share the 7 Facts for 7 Days, the “Asbestos Kills” YouTube Video, and this week’s daily GAAW blogs and content (view the GAAW schedule below) with your friends, family, and colleagues via Facebook, LinkedIn, and email.
  3. Share Your Story with the ADAO community about how you have been affected by asbestos disease. If ADAO has already published your story, please share your story again with your network this week. Click here to find your published story.

Together, we can make a difference!

Linda Reinstein


Schedule for Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Please note that the links included in the above schedule will not be live until the scheduled date listed

Posted on April 1: Linda Reinstein, “7 Facts for 7 Days” and open with Candlelight Vigil to honor the Warriors fighting asbestos disease and remember those we have lost.

Michael’s Story, “Asbestos Has Changed My Life”

Posted on April 2: Dr. Richard Lemen, “Asbestos: What Is It?” ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair explains where asbestos is found and who might be in danger of being exposed.

Mavis’ Story, “Social Media and Mesothelioma”

Posted on April 3: Dr. Arthur Frank, “Why Is Asbestos Bad for My Health?” ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair shares information about what you should do if you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

Julie’s Story, “The Power of Public Health Advocacy: A Patient’s Perspective”

Posted on April 4: Statement by the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin on National Asbestos Awareness Week 2013 “During National Asbestos Awareness Week, April 1-7, I urge Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure.”

Janelle’s Story, “I Will Never Be the Same Again” 

ADAO Press Release: U.S. Surgeon General Issues Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness Week

Posted on April 5: Renae Desai and Linda Reinstein “Share Your Story: The Power of Community” 

Louise’s Story, “I Will Not Die in Vain” 

April 6: Dr. V. Courtney Broaddus, “Toxic Relationship to the Pleura: Update and Future Concerns”  ADAO is proud to feature Dr. Courtney Broaddus’s PowerPoint presentation Asbestos and its Toxic Relationship to the Pleura: Update and Future Concerns, which addresses the impact of asbestos from the US to Canada to Turkey to Australia.

Debbie’s Story, “Mesothelioma and Me” 

Posted on April 7: Linda Reinstein, “Taking Education to the Digital Streets every Sunday for #BanAsbestosNow Action” and close with Candlelight Vigil to honor the Warriors fighting asbestos disease and remember those we have lost, as we finish Global Asbestos Awareness Week in unity.

 Alan Reinstein’s Story, “I’ll Do Anything to Fight Mesothelioma to Have More Time with My Family, Anything”

Special thanks to our 2013 Platinum Sponsor, Baron & Budd.

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